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Specialist Optometrist

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
16 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust is inviting applications from highly skilled and motivated optometrists to join our growing team.

The role includes undertaking a range of specialist extended optometry services which may include Glaucoma, Cataract, Medical retina, Eye Casualty or Paediatric Ophthalmology. This will be dependent on the needs of service and the skillset of the successful applicant.

The role may also include advanced contact lens fitting, specialist and paediatric refraction and low vision assessments.

Main duties of the job

  • To work closely with the line manager in order to deliver a comprehensive range of core optometric services to the highest standards of quality and care.
  • Participate in the delivery of certain highly complex specialist optometric services that meet the changing needs of the Directorate and other outside agencies.
  • To undertake administrative duties.
  • To undertake clinical audit.
  • he post holder is expected to work without direct supervision. This involves taking action based on the post holder's own interpretation of NHS, Trust, College of Optometrists and General Optical Council policies and guidelines.

About us

Listen to why colleagues think we are a great place to work! - BHT - A great place to work (

What does Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust offer you?
  • As part of our BHT family, you'll benefit from learning and development opportunities to support your career progression.
  • We offer flexible and agile workingopportunities,alongside your NHS benefits ofgenerous annual leave entitlement, pension andaccess toNHS discount schemes.
  • We provide a range of health and wellbeing services to promote a healthy, happy workforce.

Why work for us?
  • We're committed to promoting inclusion and making sure all colleagues feel they belong. We encourage new colleagues from a diverse range of backgrounds to apply.
  • As an employer, we aim to create a workplace where differences are valued and colleagues treat one another with dignity and respect.
  • Greater diversity withinourBHT familyimprovespositive outcomes for the people and communities we serve.
  • A keen supporter of the Armed Forces Community who know the value of employing a service leaver/veteran and their families.

What do we stand for?
  • Our vision is to provide outstanding care, support healthy communities and be a great place to work.
  • Our mission is to provide personal and compassionate care every time.
  • Our care values are collaborate, aspire, respect and enable.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a comprehensive list of responsibilities and duties, please kindly refer to the Job Description and Person Specification by downloading the JD and PS attachment in the advert.

If you are an internal applicant there is the option for secondment, all applicants must have the endorsement/support of their line manager prior to application.

If you have a disability that makes submitting this online application difficult and would like assistance, please contact us on quoting the vacancy reference number.

Person Specification



  • BSc Honours degree in Optometry
  • Current registration with the General Optical Council as an Optometrist
  • Relevant masters (or higher) level postgraduate qualification(s) relevant to sub-specialist practice



  • Previous hospital eye service experience
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills ability to communicate complex, sensitive and potentially conflicting information to patients and other stakeholders in an appropriate manner independent of their level of understanding
  • Ability to empathise regarding loss of sight and prognoses including blindness and threats to general health from systemic disease with ocular/visual manifestations
  • Highly developed and proven specialist knowledge, at Masters level or above, across multiple areas of specialist clinical practice.


  • Multidisciplinary team working



  • Demonstrate ability to communicate verbally and in writing to enable liaison with multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Ability to organise and prioritise workload
  • Demonstrate ability to work as part of a team.
  • Fully understand Data Protection and patient confidentiality issues.
  • Specialist clinical assessment skills for patients with active and sight-threatening disease in specific areas of clinical practice
  • Specialist ancillary test interpretation skills (e.g. visual function and ocular imaging tests) as used by specialist medical staff
  • Able to reach decisions regarding management of sight threatening disease when guided by knowledge of principles of sub-specialist clinical care and care provision algorithms


  • Can teach or supervise trainees & address queries from support staff whilst performing clinical duties

special circumstances


  • Able to travel to other sites across the trust

Employer details

Employer name

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust


Stoke Mandeville Hospital


HP21 8AL

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